This was ex-Scotland rugby star Gavin Hastings in June:
If we were independent would we not be doing everything in our power to find the benefits of joining up with England, Wales and Northern Ireland? Why, if we have that, would we be looking to divide it?'”
Heavens. Possibly the only man ever to sound angrier than Alistair Darling at the idea of the Scots having the sheer temerity to want to run their own affairs.
So who’s this daring have-a-go optimist in today’s Herald, then?
‘I hate this thing that we are a small nation who punch above our weight. ‘That to me is a negative. We are a fantastically proud nation – what’s wrong with saying that? When we get things right, we do them better than any other country in the world. Let’s not hide under the umbrella of ‘we’re a small nation’. That really gets my goat.
We’d love to imagine that this apparent change of heart was an epiphany rather than the result of a lot of bone-juddering impacts. Sadly, we suspect that a heady blend of cognitive dissonance and hypocrisy (and a lot of bone-juddering impacts) is a more likely explanation. But, y’know, we could be wrong. There’s always hope.